In the News: Central UMC, Canton


central (This article appeared in The Mountaineer (Waynesville, NC) on June 1, 2015.  Reporter/Photographer: Vicki Hyatt) Faith turns from words into actions CANTON — On Sunday, about 150 members of the Canton Central United Methodist Church fanned out across the town to put their faith into action. The day launched Operation Down the Hill, something that will become an annual event. The idea is for people to leave the four walls of the church and minister to others by visiting or writing cards to the lonely, helping those who are unable to get out with outdoor chores, cleaning up the downtown area, passing out water at the International Sports Complex, handing out quarters at the laundromat or delivering treats to those who serve the community. As part of Operation Down the Hill, the Rev. Paul Brown challenged his congregation to do as Jesus did and take the church to the people. Throughout the Bible, faith is only meaningful when it is put into action, he said in a brief sermon before dismissing the congregation into a morning of service. "What God really wants is for justice to roll down like a mighty stream," he said, referencing Matthew 28, otherwise known as the great commission. The faithful could memorize every word of the Apostles Creed or even the Bible, but "if it doesn't make a difference in the way you live, it means nothing." Read the entire article and see the photo essay at The Mountaineer

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Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


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